join millions of people around the world to laugh at her, read about her health
condition, and how she has been an inspiration to many “beautiful” people.
in the world’ has revealed the amazing way she tackles online bullying.
now 29, was born with a rare disease that makes her blind in one eye and
prevents her from gaining weight.
after she stumbled across a YouTube video labelled ‘the world’s ugliest woman.’
Lizzie, who was just 17 at the time, was horrified to find that the girl in the
clip was her.
was watched four million times online, with many leaving disgusting comments
about Lizzie, including suggestions that she should have been killed at birth.
Lizzie said she managed to turn the horrific comments into something positive.
were thousands and thousands of awful comments, all along the lines of: the
world would be a better place if I weren’t in it. Each comment I read I felt
like someone was physically putting their fist through the screen and punching
always knew I wanted to show those people that they weren’t going to define me.
I didn’t want the definition of me that they were creating to become my
released a documentary to inspire others, ‘A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez story’.
world helping troubled youngsters. Lizzie said she makes others who have been
bullied for the way they look feel able to seek help, or stand up to the
Here is what Andikan Inyang also known as ‘Sparks’ has to say about herself………………….
a Chemical Engineering graduate, former Immigration Officer and present
day banker…..and most importantly, a foodie, I hide behind my
pen…….therein lies my strength. I hope to pursue a career in writing
and explore the world of poetry. So help me God.
Oluwole Olusanya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the fastest-growing lifestyle and entertainment website in the country. He is a banker, writer, blogger, public affairs analyst and a tax consultant. He anchors Trending Topics on SHEFFA where he shares his thoughts and opinions on trending issues.
He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of South Wales, Wales, United Kingdom. He has diplomas in Banking and Finance, Investigative Journalism, Creative Writing, and Linguistics from Lagos State Polytechnic, Isolo, Lagos, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.